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Affiliate Marketing Tips for Beginners

Ready to make money online by using affiliate marketing? For example, you can make money as an Amazon affiliate and earn commissions but it can be a tricky pond to swim in. Here are my favorite tips for beginners! 

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If you're 100% new to affiliate marketing, it kind of works like this:

You partner with a company or business to promote a product or service they offer. They provide you with a unique link to share with your readers. If your readers click your link and purchase something, you receive a small commission at no additional cost to the reader. 

Here is a post I wrote (back in the day, when I was a personal finance blogger) called 30 Under $30: Holiday Gifts for Her that includes affiliate links. You can read the full post here. 

Before I talk about my tips there are a few details you should know about affiliate marketing. 

Some affiliate marketing programs require that you make your first "sale" within a specified period of time or you are removed from their program. 

You can always reapply at a later date but it's a good detail to search for when you are signing any agreements.  

Tip #1: Aggressively promote your posts to help yourself make that first sale

Posting once on Facebook will never be enough! Sprinkle other non-affiliate link posts in between, but promote your posts with affiliate links multiple times/week. 


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Tip #2: Share both the blog post link and the affiliate link itself

Sometimes our instinct is to only share the blog post that contains affiliate links but you can also share the affiliate link itself on social media. 

Share a personal story about how you use that product or why you recommend it to make the post appear less spammy. 

Tip #3: Be transparent about the fact that you're sharing an affiliate link

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You need to be transparent with your affiliate links on social media and include a disclaimer like "advertisement" or "affiliate" in the post. I'm not a lawyer so please do your homework but never post an affiliate link without telling your readers that it is, in fact, an affiliate link. 

You also need to have a Disclaimer page on your blog providing more information about how affiliate links work and how they're used on your site. 

Like I mentioned, I'm not a lawyer (that's a disclaimer for my Disclaimer page...ha!) but here's what my Disclaimer page looks like if you're curious. 

Tip #4: Look for the perfect post, not the perfect product

Preserve the relationship and trust you have with your readers by ensuring that you create a valuable post first, then see if you can insert an affiliate link after that. 

If you are sharing a recipe and insert an affiliate link for a $600 camera, you might come across as a sellout unless you are discussing food photography. You are not a spammer so don't do this!

What's your favorite affiliate marketing tip?

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Affiliate Marketing: Best Programs for Bloggers

Looking for the best affiliate marketing companies to work with or just some alternatives to Amazon Associates? I'm sharing all of my favorite affiliate marketing programs today! 

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Amazon Associates

I like working with Amazon Associates because of the obvious perk that Amazon is one of (if not the) largest retailers online, which means I almost always find the product I want to recommend to my readers. 

ShareASale

ShareASale is a wonderful option because they partner with a lot of large businesses, such as Rent the Runway, Modcloth, Cricut, Fanatics, Gymboree, TinyPrints, Warby Parker, NFL Shop, and many others.

Commission Junction

I particularly like working with Commission Junction because they partner with a lot of discount/affordable retailers, which I found beneficial when I was still writing about personal finance here on the blog. They work with companies like 6pm, BuyBuyBaby, Booking, Allstate, Overstock, H&R Block, TurboTax, and more. 

Skimlinks

Skimlinks was an answer to my prayers! I used to do Monthly Favorites posts and (you already know this if you follow me on Instagram Stories!) I love a lot of Target products, especially for office supplies. 

Looking for the best affiliate marketing companies to work with or just some alternatives to Amazon Associates? I'm sharing all of my favorite affiliate marketing programs today!

I had applied to the affiliate program on the Target website but it just remained pending. It was like my application disappeared into thin air or their affiliate program staff were on a permanent vacation!

Skimlinks works with large retailers that most of us shop at every month, like Target, Wal-Mart, JCPenny, Sephora, Macy's, Nordstrom, and more.

Direct Affiliate Programs

Since I work as a blogger, I purchase a lot of products and services that are 100% online. If I want to recommend a blogging service, I'm hard pressed to find it on one of these affiliate programs. 

In this case, I'll just work directly with the service/business itself within their own affiliate program.

A good example of this is Tailwind, which is a scheduler for Pinterest pins. Obviously, it's not on Amazon.com but they have their own affiliate program on their website so I can still recommend them and get a commission at no additional cost to my reader. 

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